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with the solution that they should be now what george w. bush wanted to be remembered for, which ended up not being at all what he is remembered for. compassionate conservatism was supposed to be the signature of the bush party. a kinder approach to immigration, more funding for medicare and education. george w. bush used to talk about his armies of compassion. but armies of compassion are not what george w. bush is remembered for. now more than a decade later the republican party seems to have revived the strategy that got him elected in the first place, this idea of compassionate conservatism, a kinder, less mean-seeming republican party. the question is why would it work now when it did not end up working for george w. bush except to get him elected once, and how can you earn an image change like that without changing any of your policies that earned you the image you now want to change. joining us is john brabender. mr. brabender, it's great to have you here. >> i'm glad to be here, and every i am i'm here, i'm increasingly convinced you are not going to switch and become a republican. >> i wil
.s. launched a war in iraq. here's how george w. bush broke the news on march 19th, 2003. >> my fellow citizens, at this hour, american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq and free its people and defend the world from grave danger. >> within a month, baghdad had fallen, but the war dragged on. casualties spike in subsequent years and in early 2006, the bombing of a mosque led to a wave of sectarian violence. president obama vowed an exit strategy to fulfill a promise and ended the mission before christmas, 2011. richard engle was there. >> after invasion, a civil war and a surge and a training mission, for the first time, u.s. military command no longer has a presence here in iraq. this is now a sovereign nation. >> richard spent eight years in iraq. he is in another key part of the region in israel. he is waiting for president obama who arrives in jerusalem tomorrow morning. good morning. >> good to be with you. >> i want to ask you, we sit here ten years later and you spent a tremendous amount of time in that part of the world. what is our standi
, the george w. bush administration rejected because it would be too expensive. the transition costs would be in the trillions of dollars. what he found later on, the way he could get these policies taken more seriously, not seen as so radical, was to bring them in under the cloak of deficit reduction, under the guise of preventing a debt crisis, it would be worse than anything he was proposing. but because he's -- but these budgets have sort of deactivated, i think, a lot of normal defenses and skepticism in washington. in washington. because they sort of -- such a broad bipartisan acceptance of the idea you need deficit reduction right now people are willing to accept things they wouldn't normally accept as long as it's called deficit reduction. >> you know, when i listen to him and i listened to chris van holland last week on this show, i'm beginning to realize what's perhaps more interesting than who's the better deficit cutter, because neither of them are, neither party really is, is what they see as the purpose of the federal government. people watching this show are looking for thos
on the the afternoon of september 11th, when george w. bush and his national security team tasked a top aide to find the connection between osama bin laden and saddam hussein. >> we all looked at each other like what, what are they talking about? who the hell -- saddam hussein? bin laden hates him, thinks he's a heretic. there's no connection between saddam hussein and al qaeda. >> at the time, intelligence discounting the hussein/bin laden link was discarded by the bush administration. the white house instead continued to use exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims to make the case that saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. but the administration did not act alone. story of how we went to war in iraq is one of widespread institutional failure. implicating both congress and the media. >> the threat of saddam hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real. >> it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our president. and we say to him -- use these powers wisely and as a last resort. >> i think the bush administration took a great deal of satisfaction in being able to cite
they thought about george w. bush. and he said not much. not much. but they would put statues of david petraeus up on every square if they had a chance. >> well, richard haas, we have this from daniel dunby. who writes in part, turkey is the economic winner of the iraq war. the americans won the war, the iranians won the peace and the turks won the contracts. with iraq's kurdish region seeking to reduce the dependence on baghdad, the relationship with turkey may soon move to another level. tensions are increasing over turkey's plans to invest in the northern iraqi energy sector. maliki said such an agreement would be unconstitutional. so, look at the winners and losers overall. and looking back, i mean, how do we assess our decisions? and some of them were so flawed anyway. >> history, i think, is going to be somewhere between critical and brutal of what we decided to do as well as how we did it. to use the language i introduced, this was a war of choice. it was ill-advised and poorly implemented. and at the end of the day, david's right, iran is the strategic beneficiary. the iraqi people, yes
powell said george h.w. bush if you go up that highway, you have to take control of this country. we were not prepared to do it. didn't have the people to do it. i think bush made the right call. the other thing to keep in mind here, when you talk about the media remember most of the media, main stream media you keep talking about here were behind the war in iraq when it started. in fact, they were embedded reporters in all the different troops. over time -- >> dana: that was for transparency. not to get behind the war. >> bob: but when they got there, there are very few people against the war in the press, if i remember right. right at the beginning. it changed as time went along. the issue asfa as i'm concerned i was opposed to the war in the beginning and opposed to it now. i won't get in the deaths and the people who were wounded but the rising of iran is the single fall-out of this. saddam hussein whatever you thought of him never would have allowed iran to nuclear weapons. >> greg: what do you think? >> dana: it can be looked at from that way or the other way, if saddam hussein who
years ago today, president george w. bush announced the start of the invasion of iraq. he told americans we were doing it prevent a terror attack on us. here he is. george w. >> our nation enters this conflict reluctantly. yet, our purpose is sure. the people of the united states and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. and i assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory. >> is he doing this -- i can't figure out george w. bush. maybe he's vacuous, working for cheney, or moved by the winds. he says in the opening speech why we said to war that very day. there will be no half measures. was that because his dad stopped short of taktake iing baghdad? >> there are a lot of reasons that drove the whole a administrati administration. there were people, maybe rumsfeld and cheney who had his view of oil and strategic minerals and all sorts of things close to the neoco
and launch the effort far sooner than either bill clinton or george w. bush did in their administrations. then it fell flat quickly. what was interesting to hear what the president said when he arrived formally as to why he made this his first trip of his second term. >> across this region the winds of change bring both promise and peril. so i see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security, and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> and he's going to be going to ramallah meeting with the palestinian authority there, the head there, abbas in the west bank. he's meeting with jord ab's king abdullah on this trip with mubarak not in egypt anymore, the single most important arab leader in the peace process if something happens. now president perez, he spoke about the peace process after the president spoke. >> we long to see an end to the conflict with the palestinians, to see the palestinians enjoying fraed freedom and prosperity in their own state. we extend o
by bill clinton and george w. bush and they got used to that and he now has an opportunity to go there, to explain to them that he's got their back, that he's been with them in their times of difficulties, whether it's at the u.n. or rockets from gaza or the iranian nuclear program, and that he's going to be with them in the future, and i think he'll use his oratorical magic and i think he'll have a powerful impact and that will be very helpful for an effort to restart the peace process after he leaves. tavis: you've said a couple of things that i want to pick apart. let me start with the notion that the president has a very low standing, a low approval rating amongst the israeli public. what has been the cause of that and has his -- i'm trying to find the right word here -- fractured or less than lovie dovie relationship with bibi netanyahu had anything to do with that standing? >> well, it's interesting you use the words "lovie dovie" because the president is not a lovie dovie kinda guy and that's part of the problem. i
wounded in a string of car bombings. march 19, 2003, former president george w. bush ordered a military invasion to topple saddam hussein. >> american and coalition forces are in the early stages to disarm iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger. >> 10 years later many iraqis complain they still lack basic services such as electricity and water but other parts of iraq are thriving with new shopping malls and luxury car show rooms. the last u.s. combat troops last iraq in 2011 and killed over 4,000 troops. a tribute continues in the east bay to those soldiers and those killed in afghanistan. amy? >> the crosses have quite an impact. look at them behind me. they were not always popular. the founder of them is reflecting, today, on the 0th anniversary and is amazed at impact the crosses have had and what he and the volunteers who created this have endured. >> it has made a big difference. i see it in the face of people who come by and visit the memorial. >> jeff started putting up the crosses a protest to the war in iraq and they have lasted through vandalism an
of saddam hussein. the seemingly quick success prompted u.s. president george w. bush to proclaim "mission accomplished," but the post proved premature. violence and terror followed as a rat descended into fighting. the tolls are down from the height of the conflict, but since u.s. troops left in 2011, the turmoil has been worsening again. iraq's minority sunnis feel increasingly marginalized by the shiite-led government. the government postponed regional elections in two provinces on tuesday, pointing to security concerns. >> let's take a quick look at some other stories making news at this hour. power has now been restored to two fuel storage pools at japan's tsunami damaged nuclear plant, but two others have been without fresh cooling water for more than a day, raising new concerns about safety. >> zimbabwe's electoral commission says referendum on a new constitution has passed by a landslide with a yes vote of about 95%. the new charter would limit the powers of president robert mugabe and pave the way for new elections. >> at least 37 people have been killed in about -- and about a do
in a string of car bombings. march 19, 2003, former president george w. bush ordered a military invasion to topple saddam hussein. >> american and coalition forces are in the early stages to disarm iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger. >> 10 years later many iraqis complain they still lack basic services such as electricity and water but other parts of iraq are thriving with new shopping malls and luxury car show rooms. the last u.s. combat troops last iraq in 2011 and killed over 4,000 troops. a tribute continues in the east bay to those soldiers and those killed in afghanistan. amy? >> the crosses have quite an impact. look at them behind me. they were not always popular. the founder of them is reflecting, today, on the 0th anniversary and is amazed at impact the crosses have had and what he and the volunteers who created this have endured. >> it has made a big difference. i see it in the face of people who come by and visit the memorial. >> jeff started putting up the crosses a protest to the war in iraq and they have lasted through vandalism and protest
against former president george w. bush alleging the war violated international law. >>> a tragic military accident near reno, nevada, an explosion during a training exercise has killed seven marines and injured several more. military officials say a mortar exploded as it was being set off during a live fire training exercise at the hawthorne army depot. last night's tragic accident has prompted a worldwide moratorium on the specific weapon until it's been determined that weapon is safe enough to continue using. >>> bitter disappointment for dianne feinstein, her bill which creates a national ban on assault weapons was removed from the gun control legislation set to go before the full senate next month. senate majority leader harry reid told feinstein the ban will be offered as an amendment. experts say it had little chance of passage. feinstein awe co-authored the ban that expired after ten years. >>> there were gasps in ohio courtroom as a confessed high school shooter insulted his victims' families by flashing them his middle finger. he also removed his button-down prison overshirt to r
tonight u.s. forces on the order of george w. bush unleashed what later became known as shock and awe. a massive aerial assault that lit up the night sky in baghdad. we were told it would be a quick war. it was about finding and stopping weapons of mass destruction and we would be greeted as liberators. that did not turn out to be the case. now a decade later in our latest poll, a clear majority of americans say the iraq war was not worth it -- the cost in american lives or dollars. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel spent the better part of the last decade covering the war. he has our report tonight. >> reporter: today, baghdad looked like the place many american troops will remember. more than a dozen bombings, dozens dead. ten years after president bush launched shock and awe and toppled saddam hussein, the iraq war has started again. sunnis versus shiites. it's their fight now. but both sides blame the united states for blundering in, looking for weapons of mass destruction that weren't there, undoing iraq's delicate religious balance. hardly the stability desired after
. the timing isn't uncommon. his predecessor george w. bush waited for the last year of his second term. presidents reagan and bush 41 never visited as president. this trip was never supposed to be about breakthroughs. more like showing the flag, solidifying relationships, but even that is fraught in what's been an at times rocky relationship. and in what has always been a dangerous neighborhood. it's where we begin tonight. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is there. our chief white house correspondent chuck todd starts us off, traveling with the president in jerusalem. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. it has been a busy first day for president obama here in israel. while the trip itself is designed for the president to improve his personal relationship with the israeli
years. while the constitution survived and everything. president george w. bush and the republican controlled congress let that law expire ten years later in 2004. and because they let it expire, that is why the mother of the sandy hook elementary school shooter was able to buy legally and easily the bush master ar-15 assault rifle that the sandy hook gunman used to fire all but one of 152 bullets that he fired in the space of less than five minutes. that morning three months ago today in connecticut. the gun that he used that day would've been illegal for his mother to buy. had the republican-controlled congress and president george w. bush not let dianne feinstein's law expire in 2004, the mother of the young man who killed those 20 first grade kids, his mother from whom he took all his weapons would not have been able to legally and easily by those big 30-round extended magazines that we are told he used that day. not the gun, nor the extended magazines. she would've only been able to legally and easily buy ten-round magazines, not 30-round magazines. so when he took those weapo
, you almost feel sorry for george w. bush. >> i really think there was a momentum to are wa. cheney is saying, we've got to do it. the intelligence is there. >> he had the personnel, the know-how, the raw material, and he had the desire to get back into the business big time. >> you said we had a lot of allies out there but i haven't seen the arabs supporting the allies against iraq. >> i think they are uniformly concerned about the situation in iraq. >> bush is insecure as president. cheney brilliantly exploits this. >> joiping me thank you for joining me tonight. tell us, what did he say about his role inside the white house. >> he will with, well, he descr detail the decisions made about september 11th and it's very clear that while he spoke about advising about the president and said that that was his job, he was driving policy. >> how was he driving policy? when he said he got controlled or got into his brain and used his insecurities, exactly what do we see in the film? and committed to making sure no other attacks happen on american soil and referred to the 1% doctrine. if th
of george w. bush that says it stops with me. what went wrong is because of the cam pape, not because of this. that message resonateed. a true lead they're wanted to serve. he could have made a big impact especially when it comes to the economy. and the fiscal crisis that we face. >> dana: i think enough time had passed. i don't think that mitt romney, maybe he would not have gotten a great reception in december. but here we are in march, the weather is about to get better. people start to realize wait, we have a future as a party. they had a good cpac so far. do you think it was important for him to say i'm sorry, i will not be your president, thereby saying w in an interview with chris wallace on "fox news sunday." he is not going to run again. >> bob: that is clear. one thing, it reminded me when mondale, we lost 49 out of 50 states. we went before a large liberal group like cpac on the left. and i was terrified. i thought we'd get booed. he got a rousing reception. people don't want to rub it in. the guy lost. romney supports in the room. just like his concession speech. i'll say
game of who said it. that's ahead next. >> 10 years ago today president george w. bush addressed our nation to announce military action in iraq, explaining to it is american people it was necessary to go to war and claim the lives of nearly 5,000 american soldiers and which countless iraqis. >> our nation enters this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is sure. the people of the united states and their friends and allies will not live in the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. >> our purpose is sure. we were at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with mass murder or as donald rumsfeld remembers it today: >> liberated perhaps from this mortal coil. i'm pleads to still be joint by political analyst ms. maxwell and lauren windsor welcome to the show for the first time. >> thank you. >> i'm trying really hard to not use the word war. we haven't legally declared war since 1941 in this country. there was nothing constitutional about this. i'm trying to say the invasion and occupation. am i being too much of a stickler about i
say if george w. bush. you know president bush needs more power. at this think he is liberal partisan. i don't know him. i think that is where he coming from. share the wealth and income redistribution? >> there is no better example of ee leetsd in this country, gates equals microsoft, $61 billion net worth on the part of bill gates. >> bill: he gives a lot of money away. he is not a hypocrite like al gore? >> not even close but we should discuss what he is doing. these powerful companies hold the gate way to the digital world. microsoft, facebook, google these are huge companies, big power and then to align it with statist president like barack obama that would have a crushing influence on our society. >> bill: in the g.o.p. budget put forth by congressman ryan there was at call for a repeal of obamacare. now, i said earlier this week that was dumb. you don't put that in there because no one pays any attention to anything else. that is never going to happen. so we're into the land of oz. am i wrong? >> it would be awkward for me to suggest you are wrong. [ laughter ] >> i certainly w
in the 1980s to then president george h.w. bush. first question, what do you think they were trying to do, ambassador? this seems so bizarre. you wrote a piece about engaging with them. i feel as though it would be nice to get them less isolated, but then they go and test a nuclear bomb and threaten a preemptive nuclear strike and promise rain bullets on south korea. why are they doing this? >> i met with north koreans very recently and talked to them about it. and they said what has happened is that they have given up on their diplomats and the military is now in control. and what they want is talk about moving from the now disbanded agreement to the creation of a peace treaty. that's what they want to talk about and anyone who is willing to talk about that, they will listen to. anyone who wants to talk about what they call is the old way, give up your nuclear weapons and then we'll talk is going to get no where. >> do you think this is being directed by this 28-year-old boy who has essentially no experience in politics or government and seems more interested in basketball than anything
. >> but jorge, we've been here before. we've been here before. george w. bush was going to have a latin america focus like no other republican before. bill clinton promised this stuff. it seems a lot of presidents promise this, and then they just ignore. is there a way that latin america's growing ability, position as an economic power, particularly brazil, forces the united states, this time, to pay more attention? >> well, it's partly an economic driver of all of this, but also, what u.s. -- what we could consider u.s. domestic issues, which have enormous importance in latin america. the most important one, i think, is immigration. if there is comprehensive immigration reform in the united states, and there's some form of cooperation with sending countries, like mexico, guatemala, honduras, el salvador, and the caribbean countries, that would have an enormous impact in part of latin america. if president obama begins to shift the u.s. policy on drugs, begins looking more at colorado and washington, and less at richard nixon's war on drugs, which is now over 40 years old and has taken nobody a
republican presidential nominees, mitt romney, john mccain, and george w. bush all placed either first or second in the cpac straw poll at some point in their bid for the white house. are you expecting this year's straw poll to be just as predictive? may i say, what beautiful music appears to be playing behind you. >> reporter: yes, i believe it's a funeral dirge they're playing for me, perhaps. the straw poll here has been unpredictable. often these things are hijacked by the likes of ron paul. wouldn't be surprising in this case if it comes out to be rand paul. i think what you are getting this year which i have not felt in previous years is there a lot of friendly fire here. it's -- you saw it a little bit in that clip you played from rand paul in the backroom, the breakout sessions here. people are actually shouting at each other as they talk about what went wrong in november. and how they fix things going forward. so there's a whole lot of wrestling over the soul of the party here, even among this conservative core of the party. >> and yet, dana, i noted that marco rubio said bare
he's not been to israel as president. truth is reagan never wept, and president george w. bush only visited during his final months in office. the president, however, is dogged by the perception that he's pulled toward the government of america's strongest ally in the middle east and by the criticism that his outreach to improve relations with the muslim world has been at israel's expense. during an interview on friday with me for "press pass," israel's ambassador to the u.s. sought to downplay any rift. >> there is a u.s./israel relationship which is deep, which is unbreakable, and that's a message of assurance to the people of israel at a very turbulent time in our region and a message to the people of the middle east. >> mr. obama will visit the grave site of theodore hertz el, the father of modern zionism, meant to send a strong signal to the region that this president stands behind israel as its right to exist as jewish state. also on the agenda, a visit to the holocaust memorial and the church of the nativity in bethlehem, a revered site for christians. stay with nbc news for
to me. >> and governor, how have nevada politics george w. bush won the state twice. now president obama has won state twice. we've also seen huge shift in the latino demographics going from 20% in 2000 to 27% in 2010. have the politics there really shifted? >> it shifted a lot over the years. president clinton, of course, won the state also. perhaps that's why he wrote the forward to my book. because i ran that campaign, but nevada has historically been one that has a combination of a democratic and republican leadership in various offices. the demographics in las vegas have changed dramatically. we have many more hispanics moving into the community. much more democratic registration. that is a reason i think president obama has carried nevada the last two elections as opposed to previously when george w. bush did. >> so do you see nevada in the future becoming more and more blue, going more and more blue with the explosion of hispanics and latinos that will be there? or do you think it's going to be a swing state and go back and forth? >> i think we're always going to be in play. i thi
anniversary of the invasion of iraq. a war that was ordered by president george w. bush, a war that the current president has said should never have been authorized. but in marking the anniversary, the president issued this statement. "we honor the memory of the nearly 4,500 americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to give the iraqi people an opportunity to forge their own future after many years of hardship." for the latest, let's go to nbc's kristen welker live for us at the white house. senators lindsey graham and john mccain have just issued a statement warning that if the use of chemical weapons is verified, then the united states must take immediate action. i have to ask you, kristen, how is the white house responding to these disturbing reports out of syria? >> reporter: well, they are quite concerned about the reports out of syria, martin, and i have to tell you, there are still a lot of question marks. the white house making the point that they are looking into the allegations that chemical weapons were used in syria. as you pointed out, the government is pointing fin
in may of 2003 when president george w. bush announced the end of major combat operations in iraq while aboard the u.s.s. "abraham lincoln." >> in the battle of iraq, the united states and our allies have prevailed. >> reporter: but it would be more than eight years before the last u.s. military convoys rolled out of iraq. >> i'm happy! i'm happy to be out of iraq. >> reporter: nearly 4,500 americans were killed during the war that spanned close to nine years. along with more than 100,000 iraqis. some of the conflicts' bloodiest battles were fought in fallujah when u.s. forces faced off against insurgents and four u.s. contractors were attacked. their charred bodies were dragged through the streets. in december, 2003, saddam hussein was captured by u.s. troops who found him hiding in an underground hole. he would be tried by an iraqi tribunal and found guilty of crimes against humanity and was executed in december, 2006. was what wasn't found in iraq were active weapons of mass destructions or w.m.d.s, something many in the bush administration had stated saddam hussein had at his dispos
president. ronald reagan and george w. bush. back to you in new york. >> thank you, molly, we'll he check back with you. molly henneberg live from cpac for us. as this year's conference enters into its final day, what are we learning about the future of the conservatives movement? steve hays is the senior writer at the weekly standard, and he joins us with more insight. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, heather. >> so what do you expect to take from this year's conference and really, what is the significance? does it take more significance on when many republicans are saying that the party is in a state of transition or needs to be? >> yeah, you know, i don't think it necessarily takes on more significance, so i think what we're likely to leave cpac from this year, what the attendees will leave with is a sense a cacaphonous movement inside the republican party about the direction of the party and i think these things are natural after the kind of election defeats that republicans and conservatives saw in 2012, and i don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, there's a lot of hand wri
. >> while george w. bush was president, the government changed some of the laws that protected the nation's drinking water. >> ♪ so it all goes back to 2005 ♪ ♪ bush said gas drillers didn't have to comply ♪ ♪ with the safe drinking water act ♪ ♪ before too long it was "frack, baby frack" ♪ ♪ until the break of dawn >> with fracking that's not properly regulated comes another threat -- the release of toxic gas into the air. >> so, on top of the drinking water being contaminated and undrinkable, the air is also posing a serious health problem, as well. >> alex is from the environmental working group. they want to prevent pollution. rachel works for a company that represents the gas industry. they want to help america benefit from an important source of fuel. both sides probably agree on one thing... >> ♪ now, it's not that drillers should never be fracking ♪ ♪ but the current regulation is severely lacking ♪ ♪ reduce the toxins, contain the gas and wastewater ♪ ♪ and the people won't get sick ♪ ♪ and the planet won't get hotter, hotter, hotter ♪ >> it'
rubio. since the straw poll got started in 1976, just two of its winners, ronald reagan, and george w. bush, have gone on to win the presidency. jeb bush opted out of this year's straw poll. >>> time for some fun. >> happy friday, bill. >> it's been a long week for some reason. >> a long week. but st. patty's day is coming up. any big plans? >> no. just -- some shenanigans. no irish gig down the street at midnig midnight. >>> it's a nightmare for carnival cruise line. it may not be as bad as the one last night. but it's filled with thousands of vacationers. a generator problem shut off power on "dream" cruise ship. causing some toilets to stop working. passengers had to stay onboard even though the ship was docked in st. maarten. all of the passengers were flown home. we're learning that the carnival "legend" is being cut short, too. a problem with a device that controls the ship's speed. that means the ship will skip -- >> stuck in cruise control. >> it will skip a visit to grand cayman and head back to port. the people on the ship are saying that the morale is extremely low. they na
. bush, that's son of jeb, nephew of george w., grandson of george h.w., is in the running for texas land commissioner. it's his first run for elective office. he's 36 now. but a lot of americans got their first real glimpse of him when he led the pledge at the '88 gop convention. >>> when we come back, george p.'s grandfather, a genuine man of letters, has released his letters. we get to hear them tonight. >>> finally tonight, he is 88 years old, still going, and that means former president george h.w. bush 41 is still writing notes and letters. he has always said it's the way he was raised. it's the right and polite thing to do. many of his letters are in an updated version of all the best, a collection of his correspondence over the years to family and friends and colleagues. well, his granddaughter, nbc's jenna bush hager, recently asked some of them to read those letters. tonight we hear from them and from the former president himself. >> december 12th, 1943. my darling bar. >> my grandfather has always been a lover of words, a poetic letter writer. >> i love you, precious, with all
it is neither. i think it is typical post-honeymoon period. george w. bush was pretty much the same point at this point in his presidency. certainly not that unusual. if you look inside these numbers that just came out, for example, there's a 53% believe the economy is improving which certainly helps the president. the comfort level is the best it has been in five years according to bloomberg metrics. 58-33% believe we should be cutting military spending right in line what the president wants to do. 56-38% say cut loopholes for the rich, right in line with what the democrats want to do. if you look at specifics see what it is people seem to be favoring --. bill: that is interesting point to make. but here is another specific too from the poll. among independents, he has dropped about ten points going back to the month of january alone. 50% disapproval, tucker. >> right. so this, actually it is not common. i think since harry truman there has been one other president, george w. bush who was polling at 50% four months after his re-election. this is a bad news. the president's not running fo
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